By Mitchell Clarke
A vile letter threatening to torture and kill cats has been distributed to a number of residents living within a Pakenham complex.
The note stated: “If you haven’t seen ‘don’t f**k with cats’, I suggest you do, because the next time your cat is in my backyard, that’s what I am going to do to it”.
It appears to have been made in reference to a Netflix true crime documentary which featured footage of a murderer who gained internet infamy by circulating videos of himself killing kittens.
One man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he received the letter late Thursday night, 17 September.
The man contacted Pakenham police station, who recommended him to purchase CCTV in a bid to catch the cranky cat hater in the act.
“At the moment, I feel that someone’s going to jump into my backyard and mutilate my cats,” he said.
“I don’t want to get into a paranoid state but that’s how I’m feeling because now we know there’s a psycho living near us.”
But it appears the sender has his neighbours and their cats mixed up, as the letter recipient claims he’s never let his pets off his property.
“We don’t trust our cats to be outside, so we built them a cat enclosure in our backyard instead,” he explained.
“It’s obviously someone else’s cats. Everyone in the units has suspicions on who sent it, but I don’t know for sure who it was.
“They’re a coward though. It’s as simple as that, and they obviously have got something against cats.
“The most valuable thing is communication, so if you’ve got a problem, have the decency to talk to people rather than hiding behind a note.”
Cardinia Shire Council laws state that all cats must be kept contained to their own property at all times.
Problem cats can be reported to the council if they pose a health risk, keep coming on to your property or are too noisy.
According to the council, the problem should only be reported after attempts are made to contact the cat’s owner first.
RSPCA Victoria was contacted for comment.